Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli is a Belgian striker who plays for Premier League club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. He was born on May 13, 1993.
Lukaku returned to Chelsea in a club-record £97.5 million (€115 million) transfer in 2021, becoming the seventh-most expensive player in the world, the most expensive Belgian player, in terms of total transfer fees.
Lukaku, Belgium’s goalscorer, made his senior international debut in 2010 and has competed in four major tournaments — the 2016 and 2020 UEFA European Championships, as well as the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, where he won Bronze Boot.
Lukaku joined his hometown team, Rupel Boom, when he was five years old. Lukaku was found by scouts from Lierse, a Belgian Pro League team with a reputed development academy, after four seasons at Rupel Boom.
From 2004 to 2006, he was a member of Lierse, scoring 121 goals in 68 games. Anderlecht signed 13 youth players from Lierse in the 2006 mid-season after they were relegated from the Belgian Pro League, including Lukaku. He stayed with Anderlecht for three more years as a young player, scoring 131 goals in 93 games.
Lukaku returned to Chelsea for a rumoured club-record deal of £97.5 million on August 12, 2021, a decade after joining the club for the first time.
Net worth and endorsements
Romelu Lukaku has a net worth of $145 million. He was a member of Lierse, and from 2006 to 2009, he was a member of Anderlecht’s senior team.
He remained at the club until 2011 when he moved to Chelsea for a reputed cost of £12 million. From 2012 to 2013, Lukaku was leased to West Bromwich Albion, then from 2013 to 2014, he was loaned to Everton.
In 2014, he signed a five-year contract with Everton for a record fee of £28 million. Romelu has also represented Belgium at the international level, appearing for the Under-15, Under-18, and Under-21 teams before joining the senior team in 2010.
The Guardian named Lukaku one of Europe’s ten most promising young players in January 2014. He won the Belgian Pro League with Anderlecht in 2009-10 and the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2011-12. Lukaku won the Belgian Ebony Shoe in 2011 and was the Belgian First Division Top Scorer in 2009-10.